World news – France closes borders with non-EU countries, withdraws from new ban

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The travel ban will come into force on Sunday to limit the spread of the new Covid variant. (File)

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Friday the country would close its borders to non-EU countries for all but essential travel and back out of a widely anticipated third lockdown.

The travel ban goes into effect on Sunday to limit the spread of new variants of coronavirus variants from abroad.

Castex said after a meeting of the country’s Defense Council it was not announcing a new national lockdown for the time being, adding that « the The next few days will be crucial « in terms of possible new restrictions.

President Emmanuel Macron added: » Lockdown is a legitimate question … (but) we all know the powerful impact that is occurring on all fronts.  » / p> To curb the number of new infections, Castex said major shopping malls – except for those selling groceries – will close from Sunday and enforce the current curfew at Jan. 8 am.

« More police and gendarmes are being mobilized to investigate non-compliance with the curfew, the organization of secret parties and the illegal opening of restaurants. »

He said that only essential travel in and from non-EU countries are allowed and all arrivals in France within the block with the exception of cross-border workers would have to show a negative PCR test.

The requirement was previously imposed on air and sea travelers, but is now also applicable to those who travel by land apply.

With schools and shops still open but restaurants and bars closed, there are fewer restrictions in France than in some European neighbors.

The government, however, has felt growing fatigue in public and of concern about the prospect of a third lockdown.

(Except for the headline, this story was not written by NDTV staff rn edited and published from a syndicated feed.)

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